Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • CERi is excited to welcome renowned artist Rosemary Georgeson to the Researchers-in-Residence Program. Rosemary Georgeson is an Indigenous artist, writer, and storyteller from the Sahtu Dene & Coast Salish peoples.

  • CERi is excited to welcome SFU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Dara Culhane as a Researcher-in-Residence from May to December 2022.

  • We are excited to feature CERi’s Funding Program recipient Yu-Yen Pan, who received a $5,000 grant in the Spring of 2021 for her research project titled Effective Communication Methods During a Natural Hazard Emergency: Village of Pemberton Case Study. Yu-Yen Pan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at SFU.

  • June 13, 2022

    June 13, 2022

    This blog is written by Alana Gerecke, an SFU Shadbolt Fellow in Urban Studies and a participant in CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program. In it, Alana interviews Carmel Tanaka of Cross Cultural Walking Tours to discuss their collaboration and spread the word about this very important project.

  • This blog is authored by Dr. Kari Grain, author of Critical Hope, and CERi Special Research Associate. Dr. Grain has been with CERi for almost three years and has led the CERi Fellowship Program, written foundational documents on Ethics in CER, and now leads a community-engaged research project focusing on community-centered immigrant services in partnership with Burnaby Family Life. Dr. Grain’s book, Critical Hope, is being released May 2022.


  • DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 26. CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods. CERi is delighted to welcome Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, and Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Anthropology, to the Researchers-in-Residence program. Taco will begin his journey with CERi in January 2022, and Dara will start in May 2022.

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